Frederik VIII (1843-1912) ~ Louise (1851-1926)
King of Denmark, 
and Founding Father of the Norwegian Royal Family

King Christian IX 

King Frederik VIII 

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Queen Alexandra 
(Chr. IX's daughter) 

King George I
(Chr. IX's son) 

Czarina Dagmar
(Chr. IX's daughter) 

Queen Astrid 

King Haakon VII 
(Frederik VIII's son) 

Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte 

Queen Sophia
(Princess of Greece) 

Cr. Princess Helena 
(Princess of Greece) 

Princess Olga 
(Princess of Greece) 

Princess Ingrid of Sweden. Queen of Denmark 

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Denmark 1907. King Frederik VIII.

Eldest son of Christian IX 
King of Denmark 1906-1912 

1869 married to Louise, 
Princess of Sweden
Daughter of King Carl XV 
of Sweden and Queen Lovisa, 
Princess of The Netherlands. 

Denmark 1907. Danish Christmas Seal with portraits of King Frederik VIII and Queen Louise.

Because of the king's early death after only 6 years on the Danish throne, there are very few Danish stamps showing him, and none showing his wife, Queen Louise. Instead I have shown above a Danish Christmas Seal 1907, displaying the couple.  The photograph below right shows the royal couple and six of their eight children. The two missing children are the two youngest, Prince Gustav and Princess Dagmar. The photograph was taken in 1885. Click on the image to see an enlargement. The link will open in a new window. 

Family photo of the Danish King Frederik VIII.

Back row, left to right:  
Crown Prince Frederik (later King Frederik VIII of Denmark), Prince Christian (later King Christian X of Denmark), and Prince Carl (in 1905 elected king of Norway, under the name of Haakon VII). 

Front row, left to right: 
Princess Ingeborg (later the mother of Crown Princess Märtha of Norway and Queen Astrid of Belgium, Princess Louise, Princess Thyra, Crown Princess Lovisa, Prince Harald.  

Christian X (1870-1947) Carl (1872-1957) Louise (1875-1906) Harald (1876-1949)

King of Denmark
and Iceland


Married 1898 to

Princess of

Prince of Denmark
1905 elected
King Haakon VII
of Norway

Married 1896 to

Princess of England
(daughter of
King Edward VII
and Queen Alexandra

1896 married to the 
German Prince Friedrich of Schaumburg-Lippe, 
by whom she had several children. 
Prince Harald married in 1909 Princess Helena of Glücksburg, by whom he had several children.
Ingeborg (1878-1958) Thyra (1880-1945) Gustav (1887-1944) Dagmar (1890-1951)

Princess of Denmark

Married 1897 to

Prince of Sweden
(Brother to King Gustav V)

Princess Märtha 
Crown Princess of Norway
Princess Astrid
Queen of Belgium

Remained unmarried Remained unmarried Married a Danish land-owner, 
by whom she had 
four children, now 
"civil members" 
of the Glücksburg Family. 

Upon King Frederik VIII's death in 1912, his eldest son, Crown Prince Christian, assumed the Danish throne as King Christian X. Other than Denmark he was King of Greenland and the Faeroe Islands, these two countries being part of the Danish Commonwealth.  King Christian was finally King of Iceland until 1944, where the country became an independent republic, as well as he was the head of state of the former Danish West Indies, ceded to the US in 1917.  

Until 1975 The Faeroe Islands used Danish stamps; as the king passed away in 1947 there are no "local" stamps depicting him or his wife, Queen Alexandrine, who he married in 1898, and who gave birth to two sons, Crown Prince Frederik (IX), and Prince Knud (the latter never depicted on stamps). 

  • Denmark 1937. King Christian X at the 25th jubilee of his reign. 
  • Denmark 1939. Queen Alexandrine. Semi-postal for the benefit of Danish Red Cross. 
  • Danish West Indies 1915. Christmas Seal. King Christian X.
  • Danish West Indies 1911. Christmas Seal. Crown Princess Alexandrine, from 1912 Queen Alexandrine. 
  • Greenland 1945. King Christian X. Designed and engraved by American Bank Note Company, New York. 
  • Iceland 1937. King Christian X on a set of three definitives. 
  • Danish West Indies 1905. King Christian X. 

Queen Ingrid of Denmark (the Queen Mother) does not have her roots in the Glücksburg Family; she belongs to the family through her marriage to the late King Frederik IX. She was a daughter of the Swedish King Gustav VI Adolf (1882-1973), who belonged to the Swedish House of Bernadotte, originating in France. Please click here to meet the present Royal Swedish Family. 

Frederik IX
Mar.11, 1899 - Jan.14, 1972


King of Denmark

Married 1935 to
Mar. 28, 1910 - Nov. 7, 2000
Princess of Sweden
daughter of the Swedish King Gustav VI Adolf (1882-1973),

3 children, 
Crown Princess Margrethe *1940
Princess Benedikte *1944
Princess Anne-Marie *1946

Prince of Denmark, 1900-1980

Married 1933 to
Princess of Denmark

Three children
Princess Elisabeth *1935
Prince Ingolf *1940
Prince Christian *1942

  • Denmark 1960. King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid commemorated at their Silver Wedding 24th Mai 1960. 
  • Denmark 1964. Princess Anne-Marie (later queen of Greece), Princess Benedikte (married in Germany), and Crown Princess Margrethe (later Queen Margrethe II). Semi-postal for the benefit of Danish Red Cross. The stamp was engraved by Czeslaw Slania. 

King Frederik IX passed away in January 1972, and as of 14th January that year his eldest daughter, Princess Margrethe, became Queen of Denmark as Queen Margrethe II.  The Queen is equally head of state of Greenland and the Faeroe Islands.

Margrethe II


Queen of Denmark

Married 1967 to
Henri, Conte de Monpezat  *1934
Prince of Denmark 
Two children 

Princess of Denmark

Married 1968 to Richard, 
Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg  *1934
Three children

Princess of Denmark

Married 1964 to
King Constantine II of Greece, *1940
Queen of Greece
Five children

  • Denmark 1967. Royal Wedding 10th June 1967 between Crown Princess Margrethe of Denmark, and Count Henri de Monpezat of France. 
  • Denmark 1997. Queen Margrethe II and the Prince Consort, Henrik, commemorating their first 25 years on the Danish throne. 
  • Denmark 1994. The Prince Consort, Henrik. Semi-postal for the benefit of Danish Red Cross. 

  • Faeroe Islands 1997. The royal yacht "Dannebrog" and Queen Margrethe II visiting the Faeroe Islands at the occasion of her 25-years jubilee as sovereign. The queen is clad in a Faeroese national costume, and the test on the sheet reads: "Margrethe II, Queen through 25 years". 
  • Greenland 1989. Stamp from the huge definitive series, depicting Queen Margrethe on the background of a map of Greenland. The full set of stamps was engraved by Czeslaw Slania. 

Queen Margrethe II and the Prince Consort, Henrik, have two sons, Crown Prince Frederik, born 1968, and Prince Joachim, born 1969 (the latter never depicted on stamps). 

Frederik *1968 Joachim *1969

Crown Prince of Denmark

Married 14th May 2004 to Mary Elizabeth  Donaldson, *1972 

Two children, Prince Christian, *October 2005, and a (still not named) princess, *April 2007. 

Prince of Denmark

Married November 1995 to
Alexandra Manley,  *1964
divorced 2004. 
Two children
Prince Nicolai, born 1999, and Prince Felix, born 2002. The couple was divorced in 2004, and the former Princess Alexandra later re-married a Danish civilian. 

  • Denmark 1986. Crown Prince Frederik on his 18th birthday. 
  • Postcard showing Prince Joachim and his wife, Princess Alexandra. Click on the photograph for enlargement. The link will open in a new window. 

On 8th October 2003 it was announced by the Danish Court that HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will marry Miss Mary Elizabeth Donaldson of Australia, and that the wedding will take place in Copenhagen on 14th May 2004. 

  • Denmark. Faeroe Islands, and Greenland 2004.
    Commemorative sheet issued at the occasion of the wedding between Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson. 

    The three sheets are completely similar, except for the different coat of arms from the three countries.

    Click on the Danish sheet to see an enlargement. The link will open in a new window. 


On 15th October 2005 Crown Princess Mary gave birth to a baby boy, heir to the Danish throne after his father, and was christened on 21st January 2006 in the Parliament Church, Copenhagen. The young prince was given the names Christian Valdemar Henri John. 

  • Denmark 2007. The royal couple and their infant boy  Prince Christian between them. The stamp is surcharged for the benefit of Crown Prince Frederik's and Crown Princess Mary's Foundation. Engraving by Lars Sjööblom after a photograph by Steen Evald. 

On 21st April 2007, the Crown Princess gave birth to a girl, who was christened in the church of Fredensborg Castle on 1st July 2007, and given the names Isabella Henriette Ingrid Margrethe. 

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